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Posts from June 2019

Exterior of Stonewall Inn

By now, you’ve heard the news that WorldPride is coming to New York State (and the US) for the first time ever! It’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrations are being held across the state. Eleven LGBT New Yorkers have been selected to act as New York State WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors, which you can learn more about here. We’ve asked the NYS WorldPride Ambassadors about the destinations they love, and for recommendations of what to see and do during your travels throughout New York State. [Answers are condensed and edited for clarity.] 

Ithaca Beer Company

If you love tasting, learning about, and kicking back with beer, we’ve got some news to make you hoppy. Craft brewing is not only a huge part of New York’s history, but right now it’s taking off, growing more prevalent and crafty, with uniquely New York flavors. With tons of breweries using locally-sourced ingredients and becoming more inventive with their creations, sampling beer is a great way to get a (literal) taste of New York culture. Even better, nearly every spot on this list serves up delicious beer-compatible local bites to go with it. Read on for 12 of the best brewery experiences across the state!

Taste of Buffalo

It’s summertime and the living is easy! At least in New York State it is, because there are so many events and fun things to do that being bored is not an option. July is a month full of amazing outdoor festivals celebrating everything from music to food, culture, horse racing, the anniversary of the moon landing, and lumberjacking! Read on for inspiration on how to live your best summer.

Interior room with bed at Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat
Credit: Mountain Horse Farm

Glamping takes one of life’s simple pleasures—sleeping in the great outdoors—and elevates it with creature comforts and modern conveniences. There’s no tent to set up, no hard rocks underneath your sleeping bag, and no outhouses. New York State not only has gorgeous nature to escape to, but truly charming and creative glamping options. Read on for accommodations that offer goat yoga, cow-cuddling, guided nature tours, horseback riding, and more!

Coyote Moon - Photos Courtesy of Taste 1000 Islands

Even if you’re with the family, you can still enjoy some of New York’s award-winning wines, beers, and ciders. Many of the state’s wineries, breweries, and cider mills welcome children—and sometimes even well-behaved pets. It’s no wonder they’ve become popular destinations for families. Added amenities and activities for kids, caregivers, and designated drivers make it easy for everyone to have fun together.

Maid of the mist

Looking for a getaway that packs in plenty of fun and also happens to be completely wheelchair accessible? Look no further than New York State! From majestic waterfalls to captivating mansions and some of the best displays of modern art in the country, there are lots of things to see and do that are accessible to all.

Howe Caverns - Photo Courtesy of Howe Caverns

If you've been to the I LOVE NEW YORK blog recently, you know we're excited about all of the road trip opportunities in the state this summer! So far, we've given you itineraries for families who want to see ALL of the sights, families who love to be outdoors, and families who like a mix of city and nature. This next road trip is perfect for families who need a quick vacation!

Opus 40 environmental sculpture in Saugerties, New York

Summer Fridays—and weekends—are incredibly precious, and most of us wait all year for them. Need inspiration for how to get the most from your summer weekends in New York State?  Pick and choose from these destinations to plan your ideal weekend getaways, or become the ultimate New York explorer and try them all!

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Whether you prefer your donuts filled or ring-shaped, glazed or powdered, for breakfast or as a dessert, or even whether you spell them “donuts” or “doughnuts," one thing everyone can agree on is that these masterpieces of sweet fried dough are a delicious treat. We’ve rounded up some of New York State’s finest doughy delights in honor of National Donut Day on June 7.